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Walmart Theft Nets 1-10 Years

By Staff | Feb 15, 2012

Brandy Marie Adams

One was sentenced while another awaits trial in Wetzel County Circuit Court as Judge Mark A. Karl presided over numerous hearings on Feb. 10.

Brandy Marie Adams, 24, of 1229 Lost Pavement Road, Parkersburg, W.Va., pleaded guilty to the felony offense of grand larceny on Friday and was sentenced to the West Virginia Penitentiary for Women for one to 10 years with credit for 146 days served. However, her sentence was suspended for one year of supervised probation to run concurrently with a similar sentence in Wood County. She is ordered to pay restitution and court costs, and is banned from Walmart.

During her hearing Adams admitted to having a drug and alcohol problem at the time of her offenses, noting that she had committed the crimes to buy drugs. However, she has been successfully attending drug court in Wood County and also requested drug and alcohol counseling as a condition of her sentence in Wetzel County.

Judge Karl was pleased with Adams commitment to rid herself of such substances but reiterated what he had told others in her situation. “You can take this to the bank, don’t ever take anything from Walmart,” he said as he detailed just how sophisticated Walmart security cameras are. “You have an opportunity to turn your life around,” he went on to say to Adams. “I hope you’ve learned a lesson.”

According to the indictment, on or about July 19, 2011, in Wetzel County Adams allegedly knowingly, intentionally, unlawfully, and feloniously stole, took, and carried away goods having a cumulative value of more than $1,000 belonging to Walmart Store No. 2684 in New Martinsville with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of said goods. It was stated during her hearing Friday that Adams stole three televisions from the store to support her drug habit.

Ciara Lynn Barnes, 19, of 202 Cherry Street, Woodsfield, appeared in circuit court on Friday with Attorney Kevin Neiswonger, who stated that plea negotiations had not come to fruition and as such his client requested a trial date. Judge Karl set the case for trial March 26 at 9 a.m. Barnes was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail to await her anticipated one- to two-day trial.

In October Barnes entered innocent pleas to her two counts of conspiracy to commit grand larceny and grand larceny for offenses said to have occurred on or about Aug. 3 at New Martinsville’s Walmart in Wetzel County.

Barnes, along with codefendants Allen G. Grayam, 23, of 537 Market Street, Clarington; Gary Clark Grayam, 19, of 537 Market Street, Clarington; and Brooke Frances Strope, 20, of 533 Market Street, Clarington, were each handed two-count indictments charging them with one count each of the felony offenses of conspiracy to commit grand larceny and grand larceny for allegedly conspiring amongst each-other to commit grand larceny, and for knowingly, intentionally, unlawfully, and feloniously stealing, taking, and carrying away goods having a cumulative value of more than $1,000 belonging to Walmart Store No. 2684 in New Martinsville with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of said goods.

In another matter, Joshua Ryan Mathews, 30, of 927 Bolen Road, Paden City, appeared before Judge Karl on Friday pertaining to extradition to Pennsylvania to answer charges. It was learned a warrant had been issued from Bradford County, Pa., for a failure to appear on charges of theft. Mathews signed the waiver of extradition to voluntarily be transported to answer the charges, however the state clarified Mathews will first deal with his case in Wetzel County that has been on hold since September 2010. Mathews was remanded to the NRJ and will return for a sentencing hearing on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m.

Mathews pleaded guilty on Sept. 24, 2010, by way of information for a one-count felony offense of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (heroin). Mathews was to return to Wetzel County Circuit Court in October for his sentencing hearing. However, that hearing was continued.

On Sept. 1, 2010, Mathews was found traveling with Colby Justin Acree, 20, of 203 South 2nd Avenue, Paden City; Natacia Lynne Lallathin, 27, of 906 1/2 Meadow Heights, Paden City; and Brock Ian McMahon, 20, of 400 West Main Street, Paden City.

During a traffic stop for a burned out headlamp made near The Coffee Cup on state Route 2 in New Martinsville, Patrolman Tony Thomas and Detective Donnie Harris found probable cause to search the vehicle and found a small amount of heroin stamps allegedly being transported back from Pittsburgh.

Each subject admitted to using some of the heroin purchased in Pittsburgh and Acree, Mathews, and McMahon admitted to knowing they were going to Pittsburgh to purchase heroin.

Meanwhile, Edward Daniel Warf, 20, of Route 1 Box 239A, Middlebourne, appeared in court Friday on a Rule 35 sentence modification motion. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Warf was permitted to file for the motion after serving six months of his sentence. The state had no opposition to his being released and placed on probation, since Warf held no write-ups or other infractions since his sentencing. In accordance with the agreement, the judge placed Warf on supervised probation for two years. He will reside in Middlebourne.

On Dec. 21, 2011, Warf pleaded guilty to count one of his five-count indictment, that being felony entry of a building other than a dwelling. For this offense he was sentenced to the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men for a period of one to 10 years with credit for 131 days served. Pursuant to the plea agreement, the state dismissed the remaining counts against him.

Warf was charged with felony entry of a building other than a dwelling, felony grand larceny, misdemeanor destruction of property, felony entry of a building other than a dwelling, and misdemeanor petit larceny. The offenses were to have happened June 11-12 against St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Days Gone By, both located in Paden City.

Also, John Michael Howell, 43, of HC 61 Box 114, New Martinsville, appeared in circuit court alongside retained Attorney Keith Hart and co-counsel Stephen Herndon. It was learned both the defense and the state still need some time to file and respond to motions, and that lengthy hearings regarding those motions will need to be set. As such Judge Karl set evidentiary hearings for March 7 at 10 a.m. Howell was remanded to the NRJ.

On Jan. 18, 2011, Howell pleaded innocent to his four-count indictment charging him with felony offenses of a sexual and violent nature said to have occurred on or about Dec. 14, 2010, in Wetzel County.

Howell faces one count each of the felony offenses of kidnapping, second degree attempted sexual assault, first degree sexual assault, and malicious assault (respective to counts one through four) for acts committed against his wife. The two had been separated since August 2010 and have a child in common.

Howell allegedly attacked the victim when she attempted to leave his residence after picking up the child. The victim was flown from Wetzel County Hospital to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Upon his arrest the evening of Dec. 14, 2010, Howell was found with scratches around his left eye, left side, and a bruise on his left arm.

Similarly, Larry Virgil Watson III, 19, of HC 61 Box 95 B, Littleton, appeared alongside Attorney Neiswonger, standing in for David White, wherein it was learned an evidentiary hearing on a motion to suppress evidence is needed. The judge set the matter for March 9 at 10 a.m. Watson’s bond continues.

On Jan. 17, 2011, Watson was handed a one-count indictment for the felony offense of manufacturing a controlled substance (marijuana) wherein on or about Sept. 27, 2010, in Wetzel County, he manufactured, by cultivation, marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance.

In another matter, Brandon Robert Harvey, 25, of 6326 Lee Creek Road, Belleville, W.Va., appeared in circuit court alongside his retained counsel, George Cosenza. It was learned more time was needed by both the state and the defense to continue matters surrounding the case, and a return date was set for Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. Harvey was remanded to the NRJ.

On Sept. 14, 2011, Harvey entered a plea of innocence to his indictments of kidnapping and two counts of domestic battery.

According to the true bills handed down by grand jurors during their September 2011 grand jury session, count one details that between Aug. 19 and Aug. 20, 2011, in Wetzel County, Harvey allegedly committed the felony offense of kidnapping in that he unlawfully, intentionally, knowingly, and feloniously and by force, threat, duress, fraud, or enticement, took, confined, or enticed away a female without her consent, for the purpose of receiving and demanding a concession or advantage of any sort from the said victim.

Counts two and three of the indictment state that between the same dates as above, Harvey allegedly committed the misdemeanor offense of domestic battery in that he willfully, unlawfully, knowingly, intentionally, and feloniously made physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with the same female, his ex-girlfriend, by shoving her to the ground and striking her with his hands in New Martinsville.

Lastly, a capias warrant continues for Skilar B. Campbell, 19, of 140 Cox Street, New Martinsville, who failed to appear in court yet again to address his recent charge of failing to appear on felony bail and the matter of sentencing for a previous case. His attorney, Roger Weese, noted that Campbell’s whereabouts are still unknown.

On Nov. 7, 2011, Campbell pleaded guilty to one count of the felony offense of conspiracy to commit breaking and entering. The recommendation from the state is for Campbell to serve one to five years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Men with credit for 68 days served. Furthermore, it is recommended he be sentenced as a youthful offender and as such be placed in the Anthony Center for Youthful Offenders. Upon successful completion of the program at the center, Campbell would then be placed under two years supervised probation.

During the month of March, Campbell allegedly intentionally, knowingly, unlawfully, and feloniously conspired with Michael T. Yost, 33, of 639 James Street, New Martinsville, to commit breaking and entering in Wetzel County.